Divers embark on mission to rescue final 5 trapped in Thai cave

Australian doctor and diver Richard Harris

The 31cm-wide custom submarine would make the boys passive participants in the rescue and could potentially shorten the journey, which took divers a total of nine hours in the second successful rescue operation on Monday.

But the efforts to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - have proved a monumental challenge. "Cave diving requires a lot of training, and it's still unsafe even for the best cave divers".

Harris, part of a 20-strong Australian team who descended on the Chang Rai area, was the last person to emerge from the cave late on Tuesday as the boys were recuperating in the hospital, ABC reported.

Several ambulances were seen leaving the rescue site at around 12:40 p.m. local time, although it was unclear if the boys were inside. Four of them were rescued from the flooded Tham Luang cave on Sunday and the other four on Monday.

"I am very happy about those who already made it out and I think everyone will be out today", said Waranchit Karnkaew, 14, who also said the football-mad boys had been closely following games at the World Cup in Russian Federation before they were trapped.

The Wild Boars and their coach became trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

However, doctors later relented after some of the boys asked for bread with chocolate spread.

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The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall, although two had suspected lung infections.

"The boys are still requesting the Thai basil fried rice, but they're not allowed to eat it yet", they said. "But we will have a psychiatrist to evaluate them". As with the previous rescue efforts, 19 divers have gone into the cave, with two divers escorting each of the boys out of the cave with tethers.

The plight of the boys and their coach has drawn global attention since they became trapped when they went into the cave after soccer practice on June 23.

Officials said they were thankful to Musk for his help but said there was no chance of using the mini sub to rescue the remaining boys.

Twelve young boys and their soccer coach were trapped in a cave in northern Thailand by floodwaters more than two weeks ago.

In the past two days, eight boys were rescued and are now in a hospital isolation ward while they are tested for any possible infections.

It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, Mr Jesada told a news conference. The team was trapped in a cave system after heavy rains forced them deeper into the caves in search of higher ground.

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